SK8329 : Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (3)

taken 3 months ago, near to Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (3)
Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (3)
This is the cattle barn. The manorial cattle would have been brought in at night for security. See SK8329 : Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (4) and SK8329 : Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (5) for more detailed images. This photograph illustrates the position in the village of the manor. The house itself and the surrounding buildings are in a large crew yard enclosed by a substantial gated wall. In the 12th century the villagers would have lived in basic wattle and daub one- or two-room houses surrounding the complex. The church is behind the view point.

The quarry in SK8329 : Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (2) is to the right, surrounded by blue safety netting.
Croxton Kerrial Medieval Manor House
Although there are written records of a manorial dwelling in Croxton Kerrial from the 7th century, the last known historical records are from the mid 16th century, when there were reports of the house being uninhabitable. Any indication on maps of manor buildings had disappeared by the end of the 18th century. The exact position of the Manor in the village was unknown until Tony Connolly, the chairman of the Framland Local Archaeology Group (FLAG), began researching the history of the village.

Many local people had heard about the existence of a manor but no one was sure where it had been. However, tales of broken farm machinery during ploughing Pinfold Leys, a small field next to the village church, pointed to this as being the most likely site. In 2012, together with FLAG members, Tony Connolly carried out a geophysical survey discovering extensive remains under the field and over the following six years a band of FLAG volunteers, directed by Mr Connolly, have painstakingly excavated the extensive manorial site including a large cobbled crew yard, the house itself which includes a beautifully built garde-robe, the manor kitchen, a 4 metre deep well, a large tithe barn, a cattle barn and a range of associated buildings including a forge and what was probably a brew-house.

This is probably the most completely excavated manorial site in Leicestershire and excavations are planned to come to an end at the end of 2017. The excavated remains will be preserved by carefully restoring the field to grazing land.

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Sunday, 23 July, 2017   (more nearby)
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Monday, 24 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement 
Place (from Tags)
Croxton Kerrial 
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Archaeology 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8360 2945 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:51.3637N 0:45.5922W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8359 2945
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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